HSK (Chinese Proficiency Test)

The Confucius Institute at Oxford Brookes University is an official test centre for the Chinese Proficiency Tests, including HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi), HSKK (Hanyu Shuiping Kouyu Kaoshi), YCT (Youth Chinese Test) and BCT (Business Chinese Test) exams.

Our next set of examinations will be held on the following date:

  • Saturday 12 August 2017 – HSK 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
  • Sunday 17 September 2017 – HSK 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
  • Sunday 15 October 2017 – HSK 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; HSKK Beginner, Intermediate, Advance
  • Saturday 11 November 2017 – HSK 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
  • Sunday 3 December 2017 – HSK 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; HSKK Beginner, Intermediate, Advance

The deadline for registration and payment is one month before the exam date.

The Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) is an official examination designed to assess the Chinese language proficiency of non-native speakers from beginners to advanced Level (divided in levels 1-6). It is an internationally recognised standard in assessing your Chinese language level and the result can be used to apply for Confucius Institute Scholarship (CIS). It is also accepted by universities in China and in the UK as proof of Chinese proficiency. The HSK tests level 1-2 include listening and reading skills only; Level 3-6 include writing, listening and reading skills.

The Hanyu Shuiping Kouyu Kaoshi (HSKK) is the oral exam and focuses on oral capability. The HSKK is divided into three different levels: Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced.

HSK Exam Duration, Vocabulary and Score
Level Duration (minutes) Vocabulary (words) Total Score Passing Score Examination Fee
HSK Level 1 40 150 200 120 £15
HSK Level 2 55 300 200 120 £25
HSK Level 3 90 600 300 180 £35
HSK Level 4 105 1200 300 180 £45
HSK Level 5 125 2500 300 180 £55
HSK Level 6 140 5000 300 180 £65
HSKK (oral) Exam Duration and Score
Level General Correlation to HSK Duration (minutes) Total Score Passing Score Examination Fee
HSKK Elementary HSK Level 1 and Level 2 17 100 60 £20
HSKK Intermediate HSK Level 3 and Level 4 21 100 60 £30
HSKK Advanced HSK Level 5 and Level 6 25 100 60 £40

Click to download test Syllabus and Sample test papers at chinesetest.cn
Click here for online Practice
Details and Downloads, HSK Level 1 to Level 6 (Five sets of papers + Audio files)

More sample papers, audio recordings and additional material are available at the Confucius Institute.

We also offer YCT (Youth Chinese Test) and BCT (Business Chinese Test) exams. Please contact us for further details.

How to Register

Step 1:

  • Register on-line at Chinese Test website (www.chinesetest.cn)
  • Choose "The Confucius Institute at Oxford Brookes University" as the Test Center
  • A passport sized photo is required to upload if taking HSK 4, 5, 6 or HSKK E, HSKK I and HSKK A exams
  • All candidates must register and pay before the registration deadline.

Step 2:

Step 3:

  • A confirmation email of successful registration will be sent to you once the full payment is received.

Note: Due to the time difference between UK and China, please IGNORE THE EMAIL FROM www.chinesetest.cn. The exact exam date and time ARE SUBJECT TO THE EMAIL NOTICE FROM ci@brookes.ac.uk.

What’s next?

  • You will receive a detailed exam timetable and location one week before the exam. The exam information is subject to our email notice.
  • You can print out your admission ticket online one week before the exam, if you can’t we can bring a copy to you when the exam starts.
  • 30 working days after the exam, you can visit Chinese Test website (www.chinesetest.cn) and use your admission ticket number to check your result.
  • 45 working days after the exam, the certificate of your exam results will be ready for collection at our CI office. We will send you a reminder.

Refund policy

  • The exam fee are non-refundable after registration deadline.
  • Changes to the exam level and exam date can be processed before the registration deadline. Changes can only be made ONCE without extra charge.
  • No change can be processed after the registration deadline.


Angus Phillips


Tel: +44 (0) 1865 484967

Email: angus.phillips@brookes.ac.uk

Xiaohong Fan

Chinese Director

Tel: +86 (0) 10-8881 9699

Email: fan618@fltrp.com

Spring Zhang

Deputy Director

Tel: + 44 (0) 1865 484414

Email: xzhang@brookes.ac.uk

Mei Di

Chinese Deputy Director

Tel: + 44 (0) 1865 484415

Email: mdi@brookes.ac.uk


G36 & 37
Headington Hill Hall
Oxford Brookes University
Oxford, OX3 0BP

Admin Office

tel: +44 (0)1865 484285


Please fill in our Registration Form